Steve Popkin, a Shala student and Suzi Kurz’s partner, left his physical body early Tuesday morning, with Suzi by his side. He was 62 years old. Suzi shared that his passing was peaceful, a relief from the pain he had been suffering during a sudden and severe illness.

Steve was a big-hearted, inquisitive, and unassuming yogi. He began practicing 9 years ago with Suzi’s encouragement. He continued his practice as much as possible in the last months of his life. We will miss Steve dearly, and send him love and prayers as he journeys on.

If you would like to make a donation in Steve’s memory, please visit New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell at Suzi would like to acknowledge and honor Dr. Rick Furman for his care and kindness during Steve’s treatment.